Planning your wedding? Check out our tips on getting started, then contact one of our Certified Wedding Planners to help make your dream wedding a reality.
Getting engaged is an exciting time, but also a stressful one. Congratulations and well-wishes quickly turn into questions: where are you getting married, are you hosting an outdoor or indoor ceremony, have you found a DJ or band yet, what is your color scheme? Planning your wedding suddenly becomes a full-time job, and even the most well-organized brides can find themselves stressed out and exhausted between monitoring vendors, appeasing family, and trying to do it all within a budget.
Luckily, Wonderful Weddings & Events is here to help! Our Certified Wedding Planners can guide you through the entire planning process from start to finish, or they can offer day-of wedding planning so that your only job on the day of your wedding is to relax and have fun. Whatever you need, our wedding planners are here for you.
To help you start thinking about your big day, we’ve put together a few wedding tips, from location to theme to whether you’d like a spring or fall wedding. We’ve also included a WeddingWire vendor timeline to help you visualize when certain vendors are booked throughout the planning process. It’s one way to keep your wedding planning ideas in order – though this is something that our wedding planners do for you in the months leading up to your big day, so you don’t have to stress!
Take a look at our tips below, and then contact us to see how we can design your dream wedding!
When selecting a date by season, keep in mind any peak and off-peak pricing for wedding packages, hotel accommodations, flights, and flowers. Flowers and certain colors are seasonal, so if your heart is set on sunflowers or tulips, you want to have your wedding when they are in season, or the prices will be double (or even triple) the price. Also, consider any family and friends who might have to travel for your wedding: if you book the wedding on or around a holiday, the travel costs (including your honeymoon!) might be more expensive.
How to Pick Your Wedding Theme
The most important thing to consider when picking a theme is your budget. Once you establish your budget and know how much you have for décor, then you can elaborate on a specific theme. Some factors to keep in mind are copyright infringements, and if your theme will fit into the season (like a beach theme in the winter, or a winter wonderland in the summer, etc.) Our wedding planners work closely with each couple to ensure that any final theme is a reflection of their interests, hobbies, and dreams. We also make sure to design a wedding where the theme is tastefully incorporated without distracting from the true focus: the wedding couple, their nuptials, and a celebration of their marriage.
Destination or Local: Choosing Your Wedding Location
When looking at a destination wedding, there are three key factors to consider: airfare, hotel accommodations, and the possibility of all-inclusive pricing for your wedding. If the all-inclusive price of the wedding is a good deal but the airfare and accommodations are astronomical, then family and friends might not be able to afford to travel to your wedding at all. If opting for a local wedding, your key factors are: venue prices, parking costs, and affordable overnight accommodations. Most couples are already familiar with venue costs, but few think about fees to park a vehicle, which can run anywhere from $10-25 per car. A wedding couple might have to incur this cost as part of their budget for the wedding, or guests will have to pay that fee themselves. Even local guests might want to stay overnight in a nearby hotel to avoid driving home from a wedding where they might have been drinking. Whether you stay local or decide to fly for your wedding, our planners can help you find the best values for each option so that neither you nor your guests incur additional and unnecessary costs.
How to Decide Between an Indoor or Outdoor Wedding
Considering an outdoor wedding? Keep these in mind: weather (heat, cold, wind, rain,) ground water drainage, bugs and pest control, ample lighting, noise pollution, being in the public eye, shoes and attire, uneven ground, noise ordinances or curfews, public restroom availability, power drops, tent cost, HVAC costs, kitchen proximity, loading access for vendors, as well as what equipment is included in your outdoor venue versus what needs to be rented (chairs, tables, stage, dance floor, etc.)
A lot goes into an outdoor wedding and there are endless details to manage, but our wedding planners have spent years managing outdoor events and will handle everything from overseeing guest parking to loading the final chair into the rental van after your reception. Want an outdoor wedding ceremony, reception, or both? We can design it!
For an indoor wedding, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind about each venue possibility: would there be another event taking place next to your ballroom, would you share an air wall, is there enough power to run your lighting and your entertainment (including heat lamps and up-lighting,) how much time is allotted for loading and unloading, is there a noise curfew, and would the room need drapery to hide any defects or unwanted colors of paint or wall coverings?
One of our wedding planners will help you through all of these questions so that nothing becomes overwhelming, but these are helpful things to keep in mind when you meet with one another and start touring venues.
You’re Ready to Meet Your Wedding Planner! What to Expect at Your First Appointment
When one of our wedding planners meets with a new couple for the first time, we always like to gather the nitty gritty: contact information, which vendors and venue they might have already chosen (along with the contact information for each,) and the couple’s expectations for etiquette, special customs, and family needs (family members with special needs, unusual or special circumstances, etc.). If we will be handling the vendor hiring and budget management, then we’ll also create the budget priority list so that we know how and where to allocate the money to give our couple the biggest bang for their buck. And above all, the first appointment is an important time for us to get to know our couple in terms of who they are and what they envision for their wedding.
Now that we’ve gotten you started, it’s time to contact us to really get your wedding plans underway!
Know someone else who is planning a wedding? Send them a link to this blog of tips to help them get started, and then have them contact us to enjoy the rest of the wedding planning stress-free!